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PUTTING IT ON THE LINE: With all eyes on Super Bowl LV matchup, NCAA Division III spring football season begins Saturday

In our pre-COVID-19 pandemic world, the annual pomp and circumstance of the NFL’s Super Bowl universally marked the conclusion of the American football season at all levels of competition.

That was then. This is now.

Just when we thought football season was almost over, it’s about to start all over again. As Super Bowl LV closes out the traditional fall football season for the high school, college and professional levels, the spring football season will begin for many FCS and NCAA Division III programs.

So this week, THE SPORTS BUZZ Gridiron Gurus will not only focus on the pinnacle of professional football by picking the winner between the defending champion Kansas City Chiefs and the surprising Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Super Bowl LV, our prognosticators will select NCAA Division III college football games featuring Texas teams in the first week of spring football.

When the Chiefs battle the Buccaneers on their home field of Raymond James Stadium in Tampa Bay, Florida Sunday, the quarterback matchup provides the most intriguing storyline in Super Bowl LV as six-time big game winning quarterback Tom Brady faces 2019 NFL most valuable players and defending champion Patrick Mahomes.

Brady will be playing in an unprecedented 10th Super Bowl while looking to extend his NFL record to seven wins. On the flip side, Mahomes and the Chiefs will be looking to become the first team since the Brady-led New England Patriots in 2003 & 2004 to win back-to-back Super Bowl titles.

As NCAA Division III spring football kicks off Saturday, the perennial national powerhouse Mary Hardin-Baylor Crusaders headline the limited slate of games featuring a number of Texas school. Although the NCAA canceled the Division III football championships, the Crusaders will play a five-game, conference-only schedule.

This season, THE SPORTS BUZZ Gridiron Gurus pick’ems panel consists of newcomer Don Nicholas, Field Representative for U.S. Congressman Roger Williams (TX-25), while Meridian Yellowjacket football head coach Wade Morton, The Sports Buzz  photographer David Harding and The Sports Buzz’ Brett Voss return from last year.

Join us every Thursday throughout the 2021 spring football season as THE SPORTS BUZZ Gridiron Gurus pick their winners for the unprecedented spring football games.

Be sure to make your picks as well!

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